Author Walter Mosley Returns to his L.A. Roots to Receive Prestigious Honor

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Los Angeles based Liberty Hill Foundation will honor author Walter Mosley with their Upton Sinclair Award at a fund raising event on May 20, 2010

to inspire thought about society

The Liberty Hill Foundation (http://www.libertyhill.org) will present author Walter Mosley with the Upton Sinclair Award at its 28th Annual Gala Dinner on May 20, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

The Upton Sinclair Award is given annually to a person whose life-long crusade for equality and justice continues to inspire us. As one of the most prolific writers of our time, Mosley’s literary accomplishments and candid approach to race relations in America have made a lasting impression on our nation’s political landscape. Throughout his decades-long writing career, Mosley has authored more than 33 books, with his Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins mysteries among his most popular. Set in post-World War II, inner-city Los Angeles, these novels depict Rawlins, a black war veteran reluctantly pulled into detective work, contending with the challenges of a segregated and racially tumultuous world.

Liberty Hill CEO Kafi Blumenfield states, “We are thrilled that Mr. Mosley accepted our request to be honored this year. He has powerfully tackled such monumental events in Los Angeles like the Watts riots in his work and eloquently created an authentic picture of the social injustice being faced by African-Americans in our complicated city.”

Mosley’s bold commentary on the civil unrest in Los Angeles over the years describes the world that Liberty Hill endeavors to alter by empowering local leaders with the skills and funding to bring about lasting change in their communities. Like Upton Sinclair, Mosley says he writes “to inspire thought about society” and that he has “lots of hope in the potential for great change. We could really make a beautiful world. I’m a vessel, I guess, for getting people to think about what is possible.” Mosley is honored to be receiving the award from an organization like Liberty Hill.

Mosley is on a cross-country book tour for his latest novel, Known to Evil, out March 23. Although he lives and works in New York City, Mosley says, “I love L.A., and I’ll keep writing about it.” Along with his new novel, coming up for him soon is an HBO pilot project, co-written with director Jonathan Demme, based on Mosley’s new detective novel series, “The Long Fall.”

The Upton Sinclair dinner will also honor the entertainment and social philanthropy powerhouse couple Liz Heller & John Manulis, as well as the East Los Angeles-based social justice organization InnerCity Struggle.

For information on sponsorship and tickets please visit libertyhill.org/dinner or call Kristin Aldana-Taday at 310-453-3611.

About Liberty Hill:
Liberty Hill is first to identify community leaders at the frontlines of change. We invest in change makers and equip them with the skills and relationships they need to build power and advance social justice. After more than 30 years, Liberty Hill is uniquely positioned to bring together forces for change and forge a common agenda for equality and opportunity in Los Angeles. Liberty Hill: Change. Not charity.

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